The following is a press release issued by the U.S. Forest Service:
Date of Fire Start: July 31, 2014
Cost: $44 million
Acreage/Containment: Whites: Fire 33,763 - 98%; Man Fire: 2,874 - 0%; Log Fire: 3,632 - 100%.
Resources: Total Personnel: 739; Hand Crews: 16; Engines: 20; Dozers: 12; Water Tenders: 18; Helicopters: 9
Man Fire: Minimal fire behavior was observed overnight, relative humidity recovery was not as good as predicted, due to clear skies which will allow the fuels to dry out sooner today. Yesterday crews continued to mop up the hotspots and constructing indirect contingency lines on the northwest and northeast corners of the fire to protect the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT). Helicopters were utilized to keep the east and west sides of the fire in check. The Klamath National Forest staff are directing crews to maintain full suppression efforts include use of Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) — utilizing geographic features and natural barriers to reduce impacts to the wilderness values.
Whites Fire: Today, air resources will continue to work a more difficult area of the fire above Lower Russian Lake. Firefighters are unable to access this area due to the steep and rocky terrain. Smoke may still be visible from the burning of interior fuels. Crews continue to work adjacent to sawyers Bar Road removing hazard trees, rocks and rollout debris. Resource advisors are working with fire crews to identify and repair areas affected by fireline construction activities and any areas requiring construction of erosion control measures.
Log Fire: The fire will continue to be monitored for any remaining interior visible smoke.
Fire Weather/Behavior: The warming trend will continue today with higher temperatures and lower humidity. Southwest winds will dominate the ridges 10-15 mph with gusts of 20 mph. Weather will be mostly sunny with widespread smoke. Temperatures are predicted to range from 88-95 degrees, with humidity at 11-16 percent.
Emergency Forest Closures: A number of Emergency Forest Closure Orders have been implemented for public and fire fighter safety. For details see http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices
Further Information: Evacuation orders, advisories and road closure information for the July Complex is available at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath, or www.co.siskiyou.ca.us or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1snfZFQ
For smoke information: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/